David William Warner

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David William Warner (born November 18, 1941) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on three separate occasions (spanning four terms) between 1975 and 1995, and served as Speaker of the Assembly during Bob Rae's administration.


Warner worked as a teacher and served as chair of Elementary Public Schools in Scarborough. His daughter Barbara Warner ran for the Ontario NDP in the 2003 provincial election, in the riding of Scarborough Southwest.


He ran for the Canadian House of Commons as a candidate of the federal New Democratic Party in the elections of the 1972 and 1974, but finished a distant third in the riding of York—Scarborough on both occasions.

Warner was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Brian Harrison by fewer than 1,000 votes in the riding of Scarborough—Ellesmere. He was re-elected by roughly the same margin in the 1977 provincial election. The Progressive Conservatives under Bill Davis held a minority government throughout this period, and Warner served as a member of the opposition. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Alan Robinson in the 1981 election, when the Davis government won a majority victory.

Warner was re-elected in the 1985 provincial election, defeating Robinson by 219 votes as the Tories were reduced to a precarious minority government under...
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